For the first time “on American soil” a saint is to be declared. Apparently a 26 year old nun who died in 1927 was “holy” enough to merit this award.
But how utterly ironic that – contrary to the teachings of Rome during her lifetime – she discovered that the Word of God is “THE wellspring of wisdom and holiness.” (Emphasis added.)
Long before the renewal of Sacred Scripture, promoted by the Second Vatican Council, Sr. Miriam Teresa had discovered the Word of God as the wellspring of wisdom and holiness.
What the Roman church now teaches is that “the Church….does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the holy Scriptures alone.” (CCC 82)
So how is it that Miriam Teresa knew what she knew about the Word of God? It was not the church of Rome which dissuaded people of her generation from reading the Word. It was as John Calvin noted centuries ago, the work of the Holy Spirit:
“…our faith in doctrine is not established until we have a perfect conviction that God is its author. Hence, the highest proof of Scripture is uniformly taken from the character of him whose Word it is…(And) our conviction of the truth of Scripture must be derived form a higher source than human conjectures, Judgments, or reasons; namely, the secret testimony of the Spirit.” (Institutes, I.7.IV)
Apparently Miriam Teresa had that “testimony” of the Spirit.
But if she did, I wonder then what she would say about the effort to make her “holy” (i.e. beatified)? Or that the Word of God denies that any are “beatified” i.e. made holy. (Romans 3:10; Psalm 14:1-3, 53:1-3; Eccl. 7:20). Or how she would feel about being put in God’s place so as to answer prayers. Or how miracles wrought by God could erroneously be attributed to her for her glory?
As God raised up Calvin to remind us,
“… the mark of sound doctrine given by our Saviour himself is its tendency to promote the glory not of men, but of God (John 7:18; 8:50). Our Saviour having declared this to be the test of doctrine, we are in error if we regard as miraculous, works which are used for any other purpose than to magnify the name of God.”
(John Calvin: Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, the Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French….; Institutes of the Christian Religion.)
Miracles attributed to a mortal like Miriam Teresa violate the very wellspring from which she drew her inspiration. How ironic that Rome violates that wellspring in an effort to honor her and not God.
We must pray for an end to the idolatry of Catholic sainthood.